About Exam:   Every year CSIR conduct this exam  twice a year(June & December). CSIR and UGC provide Research Fellowships to bright the candidates for training in methods of research under expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in University Department/ National Laboratories and Institutions in various fields of Science.

Only bonafide Indian citizens are eligible for this test.


  • BS-4 years program/ BE/B.Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS
  • Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. Equivalent degree/B.Sc (Hons)
  • Integrated MS-Ph.D program enrolled students with at least 55% marks for General & OBC (50% for SC/ST candidates and Persons with Disability)

Stipend/ Fellowship

JRF: Rs.25,000/ p.m. for the first two years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs.20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.

SRF: Rs.28,000/- p.m. for the 3rd and subsequent years, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee

Exam Subjects :

The Test will be held in the following subjects

  • Chemical Sciences
  • (ii) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  • (iii) Life Sciences
  • (iv) Mathematical Sciences
  • (v) Physical Sciences

Age Limit:

For JRF (NET): Maximum 28 years as on 01-07-2018 { 5 years may be relaxable in case of SC/ST/Persons with Disability(PwD)/ female applicants and 03 years in case of OBC (Non Creamy Layer) applicants}.

For Lectureship (NET): No upper age limit.

Syllabus :

The Test Booklet shall be divided into three parts, (A, B & C) as per syllabus & Scheme of Exam.

Part –A :  Common to all subjects which contain General Aptitude with emphasis on logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles etc.

Part-B:  Contain subject-related conventional Multiple Choice questions (MCQs), generally covering the topics given in the syllabus.

Part-C:  Contain higher value questions that may test the applicant’s acquaintance of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts.

Negative marking system: Applicable

Paper pattern:

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based test of Single Paper from June 2011 exam. The pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:-

 The question paper comprises of three Parts:A,B,C

The MCQ test Paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks

 Exam Duration: 3 hrs

Examination Fee:

  • General Rs. 1000/-
  • Other Backward Classes(OBC)-Non Creamy Layer Rs. 500/-
  • SC/ST/ Persons with Disability (PwD) Rs. 250/-

Previous Papers:Click Here 

Important Dates for Dec 2018 Exam: 16 Dec 2018

9.00AM – 12.00 Noon: Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

2.00 PM – 5.00 PM: Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences

Syllabus of Chemical Sciences: Click Here 

Syllabus of Life Sciences: Click Here 

Examination centres:

Bangalore , Delhi , Jorhat , Raipur ,Bhavnagar ,Guntur ,Karaikudi , Roorkee , Bhopal , Guwahati , Kolkata , Srinagar , Bhubaneshwar , Hyderabad ,Lucknow , Thiruvananthapuram , Chandigarh ,Imphal , Nagpur , Udaipur ,Chennai , Jammu , Pilani , Varanasi , Cochin , Jamshedpur , Pune

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